Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2016

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair

Meaghan Nolte

Second Committee Member

Susan Lonborg

Third Committee Member

Stephanie Stein


The purpose of this study was to examine if self-compassion and mindfulness predict wellbeing in counselors-in-training. The sample was made up of counselors-in-training from CACREP accredited programs in the WACES region of the United States (N=45). Data was collected from three scales including the Self-Compassion Scale, Five Facet Mindfulness Scale and the Psychological Wellbeing Scale. To analyze the data, a simultaneous regression was used to determine if self-compassion and mindfulness significantly predicted wellbeing in counselors-in-training. The results showed that self-compassion and mindfulness was positively correlated with wellbeing and significantly predicted 64.9% of the variance in wellbeing for counselors-in-training. The results also indicated that self-compassion alone was consistently the strongest predictive factor.